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Once Rejected from Military Harjit Singh Sajjan Today Runs the Defense Ministry of Canada

Harjit Sajjan

Harjit Singh Sajjan is the current Minister of National Defense, Canada. He belongs to the Sikh religion of India and he is quite rooted to his culture. Although, his origin is from India, Harjit Singh has never showed an ounce of laid back attitude in his love for the current country of his residence, Canada. His father helps in running the World Sikh Organization (WSO), which is a Sikh advocacy group. Harjit has a pretty wife, Kuljit Sajjan, who is a MD. He has a son and a daughter out of their wedlock.

What do you know about Harjit Sajjan?

Full Name: Harjit Singh Sajjan

Date of Birth: 6th September, 1970

Place of Birth: Hoshiarpur, Punjab

Marital Status: Married

Background :

Sajjan is a true inspiration to people who believe that they cannot make their footprints in the overseas countries. If you have the courage and strength to face the challenges, you can achieve your dreams, irrespective of the boundaries.

Life was not as easy as it seems for Sajjan in his childhood. He has gone through similar challenges of being accepted as a Sikh in the outside communities. Out of the fear of the bad crowd, Sajjan was baptized as a Sikh when he was a teenager.

Achievements and Rewards:

Sajjan joined the Canadian army in 1989 and was very soon commissioned for his efforts in 1991. As a token of his hard work, he was honored to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He is the first Sikh to control the Canadian Army Reserve. Due his religious facial hair, he found it difficult to use the general military gas masks. It was then when he invented his own gas mask and launched it in 1996.

The list of awards and rewards is huge for Sajjan. Here are a few for your reference:

  • Order of Military Merit – OMM
  • South-West Asia Service Medal in the Military Division
  • General Campaign Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
  • NATO Service Medal
  • Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and many more..
Harjit Sajjan

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Real Motivation :

It gives me great pride to read about these brave men who not only make India proud of where they belong to, but also, raise our dreams to a different level. Harjit Singh Sajjan is an example of persuading your dreams endlessly and effortlessly. Very few people think about the nation in true terms. He has proved that you live for the country and its people.

Harjit Singh has been through an array of challenges to reach where he is today. He was rejected by the first unit to enter Canadian Military at the age of 26. Once rejected, today runs the military by self. He has a pile of experiences and is also a veteran of three difficult battles.

Sajjan makes his family proud of whom he is, especially his children. Harjit’s spontaneous thought process and his bravery are the two main factors that make him a tough Defense Minister of Canada today. He would certainly not take any political crap to disturb his countrymen.

A few words shared by the proud Brigadier-General, David Fraser for Harjit were;

“He was the best single Canadian intelligence asset in theater, and his hard work, personal bravery, and dogged determination undoubtedly saved a multitude of Coalition lives. Through his courage and dedication, (then) Major Sajjan has singlehandedly changed the face of intelligence gathering and analysis in Afghanistan.”

Being a common girl like, I knew nothing about the struggles that Harjit Singh has gone through and I was just merely proud of him for being elected as the Defense head of Canada despite an Indian. However, after reading through his background and challenges, my respect for him is doubled.

Harjit touched a different nerve in me for doing something for my country. The politics, scandals, and support of people are just excuses. What is most essential to know is whether YOU wish to do something for your people out there!

What I learn’t from this great warrior and inspirational Harjit Singh Sajjan is that we must not doubt about ourselves at first, before removing the doubts in others’ hearts.

According to me, he should be termed as ‘A One Man Army’.

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